Day Fifteen

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

Last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the fifteenth day of lockdown. Logged in visitors can post their comments below.

While responses to the Coronavirus Lockdown develop over the next few weeks, we want to record thoughts and actions in Bishopsteignton one day at a time. Please leave two or three sentences and any images you may have in the comments section below. Tomorrow we shall lock these comments and publish Day Sixteen.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: Top stories this morning – BBC Breakfast

Coronavirus: Boris Johnson ‘in good spirits’ and is stable in hospital – BBC News

Posts on social media by local businesses and organisations made on this day

From Bishopsteignton Banter

From Teignmouth Oracle

6 Replies to “Day Fifteen”

  1. We hear today that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, already hosptialised with the Coronavirus, has been moved into intensive care. The health service in the UK is among the best in the world so I know he will get the best care possible but that may not be enough. This illness does not discriminate and you could be the richest and most influential person in the world but still succumb. Even when we are healthy the pandemic affects families in all sorts of ways. Neighbours have recently become grandparents but they can’t go and visit their new grandchild and another friend of the family is expecting her first child tomorrow but contact with her parents will have to wait several months until the risk dies down. Again, this is reminiscent of stories shared from the two World Wars about fathers having to wait to see their children for the first time and families being separated through evacuation or becoming refugees or even prisoners of war. There is a lot to reflect on while we try to continue having some semblance of normality. This waiting for the world to return to normality is the new normality.

  2. Well, there’s a turn up for the books. While I organise this Lockdown Diary article I get a text from the NHS, which I’m not sure I believe with some of the hoaxes going about.

    I spend quite a long time trying to use the form on my GP’s website as I don’t want to bother anyone unnecessarily during these times. Abandon that as a complete and utter frustrating waste of time and phone in anyway.

    I convince the receptionist that I really do need someone to phone me back as I am currently part of the supply chain for some high risk people and am volunteered to do more if and when the situation escalates.

    Well, the call back confirms that I am in a high risk group due to a pre-existing condition that I have exhibited no symptoms of for over 30 years and that I need to go into my house and not leave it for 12 weeks. At all.

    Received a further text telling me that although I am allowed to open a window I am not to even put my bins out. On a Tuesday evening in Bishopsteignton.

    So, having put the bins out, I spent the evening communicating with some very kind family and friends. Arrangements that need to be made to sort the various things that need sorting including the shopping I have been doing for others and I now need doing for myself could have been taken care of several times over, but were sorted on my first couple of phone calls. I am very grateful.

    Talked to an intensive care charge nurse friend who explained to me what is actually causing a large proportion of the deaths of the minority of those who do die as a result of coronavirus and can now absolutely see why I am considered high risk.

    Anyway, I am not ill, just isolated. I can continue to function in my various roles as much as I am needed to as far as work goes. As it is I have actually been seeing more of my family than I have done in ages thanks to Skype.

    Just feels a bit weird having started the day with every intention of being part of the solution, I find I end it being part of the problem.

    1. James – please look after yourself. You put so much invaluable work into the Bishopsteignton Heritage Trust projects to the benefit of all in the village – now its time to take sensible precautions and we’re here to help if you need us.

      1. Thank you Liz, very much appreciated. I will look after myself, however I am not ill so am looking forward to remaining bas involved as I can be to help fill up the days ahead!

  3. I am worried about others, but I have had a household of 6 plus 3 builders and it’s been OK. I feel that it’s less prevalent in Devon than it is in major cities (my 23 year old nephew has it badly in London). I think that being a housewife makes the lock down easier. I am used to being at home for long periods and I’m not scared for myself. I have joined BERT and continue to volunteer at HITS the food bank.

  4. Another technology milestone today – I took part in my first “Zoom” video conference this morning in my role as a Trustee for this Trust (i.e. Bishopsteignton Heritage).
    This was closely followed this afternoon by my second Zoom meeting with members of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Bishopsteignton Heritage is a member). This video conference focused on how charities are being impacted throughout the country – particularly those that work with vulnerable people and food banks that are struggling to meet the immediate need with much reduced funding. Charity shops and community cafes are all closed along with cancelled events and investments hit by the fall in the stock markets. Much of this national picture translates into some of the direct impacts that we are experiencing at a local level in Bishopsteignton.
    4 more households needing help have come forward today so we will be linking them up with our band of volunteers who continue to do an amazing job.

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